WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week 13: Lakers And Falcons Square Off In Ohio
Lake Superior State visits Bowling Green to headline weekend action

Opening Faceoff

- Minnesota State junior Dryden McKay has been named the national Goaltender of the Month for January by the Hockey Commissioner's Association the HCA announced Feb. 2. McKay is the co-winner of the award this month, sharing the honor with Michigan's Strauss Mann. McKay appeared in six games during the month of January, led the nation with four shutouts and tied for the most wins with six. He posted a goals against average of 0.50 and a save percentage of .971, both of which ranked second in the nation.

- WCHA Announces All-Decade Team for the 1980s: The WCHA continued its recognition of 70 Years of Excellence last week with the announcement of its All-Decade honorees for the 1980s.

  • Named to the All-Decade Team were forwards Tony Hrkac of North Dakota (1984-85, 1986-87), Pat Micheletti of Minnesota (1982-86) and Bill Watson of Minnesota Duluth (1982-85); defensemen Tom Kurvers of Minnesota Duluth (1980-84) and Chris Chelios of Wisconsin (1981-83) and goaltender Robb Stauber of Minnesota (1986-89).
  • North Dakota's Hrkac was honored as the Player of the Decade. Hrkac tallied 170 career points on 64 goals and 106 assists for the Fighting Sioux, including a WCHA-record 116 points (46g-70a) in his Hobey Baker Award-winning season in 1986-87.
  • North Dakota's Gino Gasparini was named the WCHA Coach of the Decade. Gasparini, who coached at his alma mater from 1978-94, led the Fighting Sioux to three national championships (1980, 1982, 1987) in the 1980s along with an NCAA runner-up finish in 1979 and a third-place finish in 1984. Gasparini's squads won four WCHA regular season titles and four league postseason crowns in the 1980s.

- Bemidji State Rejoins the Top-20 This Week: Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Bemidji State represent the WCHA in the latest USCHO rankings released Feb. 8. Minnesota State is up to No. 3 this week while Bowling Green checks in at No. 12 and Bemidji State moves up one spot to No. 17. Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State received votes.

  • The Mavericks and Falcons are No. 3 and No. 12, respectively, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week while Bemidji State and Michigan Tech received votes.
  • Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Bemidji State are ranked in the latest College Hockey News Power 16 rankings released Feb. 9. MSU checks in at No. 5 while the Falcons are No. 12 and BSU is No. 15.

By The Numbers

- 542: Points scored by Bowling Green's senior class (207g-335a).

- 89: Career games for Bemidji State's Owen Sillinger and Brendan Harris, the most among current BSU players.

- 30: Career goals for Ferris State senior forward Coale Norris, the first Bulldog to reach that mark since 2018.

- 21: Career shutouts for Minnesota State's Dryden McKay which equals the WCHA all-time record and is five shy of the NCAA career mark.

- 7: Game road trip completed by Michigan Tech on Feb. 9. The Huskies posted a 5-2 mark during that span.

- 5: Lake Superior State players who have scored at least one point in each game this season (Will Riedell, Miroslav Mucha, Jacob Nordqvist, Chase Gamelin, Benito Posa).

- 4: Assists by Northern Michigan's Andre Ghantous at Lake Superior State on Feb. 6, the most by a WCHA player in a game this season.

- 2.10: Points per game for Alabama Huntsville's freshmen, the top average among all WCHA rookie classes.

The Week Ahead

- (3/3) Minnesota State at Alabama Huntsville: The visiting Mavericks are 17-12-3 in games played at UAH but are unbeaten in the last 34 meetings between the two schools at any location (30-0-4) dating to the 2001-02 season.

- Ferris State at (RV/UR) Michigan Tech (NC): The Bulldogs and Huskies will meet for the third and fourth times since Feb. 2 in this week's non-conference WCHA series.

- (RV/UR) Lake Superior State at (12/12) Bowling Green: The Lakers and Falcons renew acquaintances for the first time this season, continuing a series that Bowling Green leads 85-75-14.

- Northern Michigan at (17/RV) Bemidji State: The Wildcats make their lone regular season visit to Bemidji this weekend. The Beavers lead the all-time series between the two teams, 15-6-6.

- Alabama Huntsville at Northern Michigan (Feb. 16-17): The Chargers visit Northern Michigan on Tuesday and Wednesday next week to make up a series that was postponed from Jan. 22-23.

2021 WCHA Postseason Tournament

Once again in 2021, the WCHA will crown a playoff champion at the WCHA Postseason Tournament. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup.